Fletcher Elementary School Holds Star Students Awards

Over 300 parents, families and students packed the Fletcher School gymnasium on a recent night in June to see their children receive “Star Student” Awards. Over 158 awards were given out to 34 Reading Club and 124 “star” students. In addition, every Fletcher School student was given a set of Scholastic Family Reading books to encourage summer reading.

The Awards Night and book giveaway was made possible by a Community Schools grant Fletcher School received from New York State. School leaders were looking for a way to recognize individual students who worked extra hard this school year, either in the Reading Program or in their daily school work and also, promote summer reading to all students.

“We thought a great way to recognize the efforts of the students was to invite them back to school with their families to celebrate their accomplishments together,” said Reading Coach, Stephanie David. “Seeing our students grow in their reading abilities year-to-year is one of the most exciting parts of teaching. However, research shows that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress.  Our students work hard throughout the school year and make great gains in their reading skills.  We don’t ever want to see students fall back in these skills over summer vacation. Having brand-new books helps to motivate students to read; and even 20 minutes of reading a day will help students maintain their growth.”

Every teacher chose 4 “star” students from their classroom, based on attendance, reading progress, being a hard worker, and demonstrating positive character traits.  “Star” students, along with those who participated in the Reading Program received a certificate, a summer reading bag, a set of non-fiction and fiction books, activity sheets that correlate with the books, and a summer journal.

The Reading Program allowed teachers to work with students before or after the regular school day to strengthen specific reading skills.  Teachers, Ricki Krulish, Jennifer Schrader, Lisa Certo-Card, Ashley Calla, Mary Indriolo, Victoria Volpe and Andrea Marsh, reviewed Fletcher’s reading data and formed targeted, small groups of students to participate in the unique, club-like program.

“We were so thrilled with the turnout for the awards,” said Fletcher School Principal, Maria DeJoy. “This event brought a lot of excitement not only to parents and students, but also our teachers who plan to do another one for next year and make it even better. Special thanks to Julie Poppleton who supervises the Community Schools Grant. We are lucky to have this grant at Fletcher Elementary School to help our students and families.”

posted on 07/02/2015 - filed under: Academics, Community, Elementary School, Parents, Spotlight, Staff, Students